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Wednesday, 03 February 2010

UK, green light to nine new offshore wind farms

Nine new offshore wind farms are to be built in the UK, further to the Government's green light on January 8. The new plants will help the UK get closer to meet Europe's renewable energy targets by multiplying by four the wind power capacity in the Country. The so-called 'Round 3' grants announced will deliver 32 gigawatts (GW) of clean energy, supplying a quarter of the UK's total electricity needs by 2020. This adds to the 8GW provided by previous rounds. The winning companies signed contracts with the Crown Estate, which owns the British sea bed, for exclusive rights to develop offshore wind in these areas. The contract for the biggest area in Dogger Bank, which could potentially produce 9GW, went to a consortium including Statoil and RWE Npower Renewables, one of leading renewable energy developers in the UK. Other winners include a consortium between Scottish Power Renewables and Vattenfall Vindkraft, and the company Eon Climate and Renewables UK, EurActiv.com reported. In Europe, the UK currently leads the way for both installed capacity and projects under construction, but it may experience a lull in activity in 2013 and 2014. Germany will more than take up the slack, and will go on to become the industry's power house from 2014 onwards. China and the USA will also be very significant players in the longer term.

Source: Green Planet

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